Thanksgiving is Thursday and travel is expected to increase 1.5% this year when compared to 2021 to nearly 54.6 million, according to Triple A.
“Families and friends are eager to spend time together this Thanksgiving, one of the busiest for travel in the past two decades,” says Paula Twidale, AAA’s Senior Vice President of Travel. “Plan ahead and pack your patience, whether you’re driving or flying.”
A majority of the traveling will be done via driving to destinations, similar to last year’s statistics with around 49 million traveling by car. Still though, car travel remains below pre-pandemic levels, down by 2.5%.
Triple A also reports the best and worst time frame to travel by vehicle.
Best Travel Time:
11/23: Before 8am or after 8pm
11/24: Before 11am or after 6pm
11/25: Before 11am or after 8pm
11/26: Before 2pm or after 8pm
11/27: Before 11am or after 8pm
Worst Time to Travel:
11/23: Between 11am and 8pm
11/24: Between 11am and 3pm
11/25: Between 4pm and 8pm
11/26: Between 4pm and 8pm
11/27: Between 4pm and 8pm
“Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for road trips, and this year will be no different,” says Bob Pishue, Transportation Analyst, INRIX. “Although travel times will peak on Wednesday afternoon nationally, travelers should expect much heavier than normal congestion throughout the holiday weekend. Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”